Join us for the CSW Dinner Meeting – Thursday, October 10, 2019

Join us on Thursday, October 10th, for the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) dinner meeting.

Dr. Janice Reutt-Robey, Professor and Chair, 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, will present on “Marvelous Metals: Critical Elements for Energy & Nanotechnology

Meeting Logistics
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. Check-in/Social Hour
            6:30 p.m. Dinner
            7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion of bylaws*
Location: Department of Chemistry Atrium, Bldg. # 91
                   University of Maryland – College Park

* CSW will be voting on new bylaws as part of the upcoming elections and that there will be time allotted for discussion of the updated bylaws at the October 10 dinner meeting

Menu: Meal will be catered by La Prima Catering and will feature a hot buffet with chicken, sherried mushrooms, and potatoes.
Vegetarian Option: Caponata vegetarian penne pasta
Sides:  Grilled Vegetables, Caesar Salad
Dessert: Dessert Bars
Beverages will be provided

Cost: $24 (Members and guests) / $12 (Students and High School Teachers)

RSVP by noon Tuesday, October 8, to [email protected] (preferred) or by phone (messages only: 202.659.2650). Please provide the names in your party when you RSVP, and your preference for the meat or vegetarian option. The public is invited to attend. You may attend the talk only, but reservations are appreciated. If you need any further information or would like to make a reservation, please contact the CSW office by email at [email protected] or by voicemail at 202.659.2650.

Speaker Bio
Janice Reutt-Robey is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She earned her Chemistry B.S. from Haverford College and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.   As a graduate student, she was introduced to surface electronic structure by Prof. David Shirley, and chemical dynamics by Prof. Yuan T. Lee.   Following a post-doc at A.T. Bell Labs in surface physics, she joined the University of Maryland, College Park as an Assistant Professor, rising through the ranks to her current position.    Her research program centers on surface chemistry and nanoscale science.  She is known for the development and application of Scan Probe Microscopy methods to study chemical phenomena at metal surfaces, and for her elucidation of the role of crystallographic steps and metal adatoms.  She has authored more than 75 publications on topics that include surface diffusion, self-assembly, nanophase separation, interface reactions, gas sensors, and nanobatteries. 

The recipient of numerous awards, including Sloan and Packard Fellowships, she has been active in the AVS, APS, and the ACS, serving most recently as the Director of the 2019   U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Training Camp.  She and her physicist husband Steve Robey reside in Silver Spring, Maryland where they raised two daughters and their flat-coat retriever.

In this talk, Janice will highlight metals in clean energy technologies, and challenges for sustainability.    She will discuss where metals, such as lithium, platinum, and ruthenium are found, and the chemical processes used for their conversion into technology-grade materials.   She will describe how the rich and varied electronic properties of metals drives their technology applications.   Lithium, with its low work function and small size, has helped spur the revolution in energy storage technology.  Later in the periodic chart,   the electronic properties of transition metals are better harnessed for chemical catalysis.   Atomistic processes that underlie the surface chemistry in energy storage systems and heterogeneous catalysts are illustrated with model systems.   Through direct imaging and localized spectroscopies, we decipher surface phenomena, including chemical adsorption, surface reaction, ion insertion/deinsertion and solvation.